Yorkshire Premier League is the main attraction on the squash scene at Chapel Allerton this season, with top class squash on our show courts every week. Everyone is invited so bring your friends, and we welcome visitors from other local clubs.
All the players tend to join us in the bar afterwards and it is always a well attended night with a great atmosphere.
Chapel A 1 finished the 2016/17 league as Champions, but they just struggled to maintain their hold for the 2017/18 season, finishing second in the league. This year sees two teams in Premier Division once more so we can host top level squash every Wednesday.
Owain has enjoyed a reasonably successful year of squash, (despite having two months off mid season with injury). Whilst balancing university and professional squash he has reached his highest psa ranking to date of 250 and reached his first psa QF, domestically he’s played some of his best squash though, going almost unbeaten all season in yorskshire league, beating players ranked twice as high as him, and also snuck two games off the world number 24 at the time Chris Simpson. He’s also captained the university team to a silver medal in the national cup and league where he was unbeaten and finished an impressive fourth in the BUCS (British universities) individuals tournament where he beat players ranked top 120.
Simon Parke will again be player/manager this year, bringing up the average age somewhat and playing his own style, giving 100% against his younger opponents. Simon is a former World No3 and British Champion.
I’ve been playing since the age of 9. 5 time Yorkshire junior champion, 2 time North East of England junior champion and British junior open quarter finalist. Currently #17 in England U19s
Niall Mckinnon is one of our loyal club players, reaching the final of the club champs a few years in a row now. He lives in Chapel Allerton and regularly trains at the club. Bringing his Scottish flare to the court, he’s one to watch!
Cameron Ward, age 19, is currently in his second year of study at Leeds College of Music. A very active young player, he could be found inside the top 8 of the national rankings in each age group before a series of injuries halted his progress at 18. He is now back at peak physical fitness and feeling the strongest he ever has.
Last Match Report
Parkey's Match Reports
CHAPEL A 1 V DUNNINGTON (a)
Parkey’s match report.
Some long term injury problems for us this season, especially myself and Dec, (calf and back respectively) and it showed in the results. Dec was unable to control the T as he usually does when fit, and credit to Ed Shannon, he played exactly the right fast paced game. Hurrying Dec around the court, never allowing him to settle, Shannon was mainly in control taking the match in 3. Shannon beat Christie 3-0.
My right calf issue is on and off, and just when i think its ok to go full pelt, it lets me down. It usually takes a good player to get me to that point though. After a poor first game for Michael Andrews, hitting lots of tins and handing it to me, he started to play. The second game was tough with much longer rallies, and the heater noticeably turned up to Abu Dhabi type temperatures, with Andrews coming through. In the third, there were a few burly plays from the youngster, (but nothing I haven’t seen a million times before), but in the end my calf let me down and I had to stop. To be honest I’m looking forward to hopefully playing a whole match injury free in the second half! Andrews beat Parke 2-1 (retired)
Chapel’s Joe Williams was up against another runner Julian Tomlinson, and I thought he had a dent chance. Joe always gives 100% and today was no exception, squeezing through in the first two really tight games going 2-0 up. Tomlinson is a fighter, and also quite experienced now, and slowly managed to work Joe out winning in 5. Tomlinson beat Williams 3-2.
Chapel’s Owain Taylor, had been struggling a bit with form but recently had shown some more promising signs. Today against Rob Downer (who had also been struggling of late), was going to be interesting. They both put on a good show, both looking more confident, but the difference in the end was probably the length accuracy from Owain just falling a bit short. Good quality first 3 games though with Owain going 2-1 up but then running out of steam a little in the last two. Downer beat Taylor 3-2.
Chapel’s Mark Fuller had a tall order against World No40 Chris Simpson, who is known for his accuracy and ball control. “Mad Dog” Fuller is known for his tenacity, but he’s improved his short game a lot recently and was able to compete winner for winner at times. Simpson though was more accurate to the back of the court and it’s showing in PSA too (he’s currently in the last 16 of Black Ball Open in Cairo), and had too much for Mark winning in three.
Simpson beat Fuller 3-0.
CHAPEL A 1 0 DUNNINGTON 5 (5-15)